“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” ~ 1 Pt 4:10
What is Christian Stewardship?
Christian stewardship is a way of life. In the Diocese of Greensburg, we are committed to our common goal that all members of our family of faith are called to share their gifts of time, talent and treasure in proportion to the blessings they have received from God.
Christian stewardship is living out a commitment to be centered on Jesus Christ, rather than one’s self. It involves an ongoing conversion of the heart. For each of us, no matter where we are on our personal path of faith, stewardship is a lifelong journey. Stewardship is, therefore, much more than a program or a fund-raising effort, although it can include a focused effort within parish life.
For example, through a regular stewardship renewal project, parishes can make a special effort to encourage parishioners to prayerfully consider how much of their time, talents, and treasure they can commit to their parish and community in the future.
The foundation is committed to helping parishes continually educate parishioners about stewardship, and provides many resources to help parishes in that educational effort.
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Christian stewardship throughout the Diocese of Greensburg
The concept of Christian stewardship, and the principals upon which it is built, are outlined in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pastoral letter "Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response."
According to the pastoral letter, the first step is to recognize that we have all been called, through our baptism, to be disciples of Jesus Christ. “Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision to be a follower of Christ.” As a result, we are called to express our discipleship through our actions. In other words, we are called to live out our faith, regardless of the implication to ourselves.
Stewardship as a way of life
This kind of lifestyle requires a commitment, which begins with a conversion of mind and heart. Our commitment, then, “is expressed not in a single action or even a series of actions, but in an entire way of life.” Adopting stewardship, as a way of life, “is an expression of discipleship with the power to change how we understand and live our lives.”
The pastoral letter further states:
1. “We recognize God as the source of all that we have and are and will be.”
2. “We begin to know ourselves as the recipients and caretakers of his gifts.”
3. “We are grateful for what we’ve received and eager to cultivate our gifts out of love for him and one another.”